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Writing to the Reader, or Know Your Audience…

I’ve got this small readership, and as it turns out, one of the readers is one of my daughters. As it happens, she also shares a few traits with me… Mathematics and the hard sciences generally came easier to me than language arts and soft/social sciences. Later in life, these difficulties caused me to pursue additional education in language arts and the soft sciences. My daughter pretty much loathes reading – she’s an “I’ll wait for the movie” kind of girl – and I mean that in the best possible way. The girl that has become a young woman is extraordinarily smart! She is a brilliant pop culture observer/guru. I think for Fathers’ Day she read one of my posts and left a comment that I thought worth sharing:

so i read ‘men without chests’. lots of big words i didn’t know and many points that went over my head, but i read the whole thing!

Why worth sharing? Because in her characteristically kind (there might be some sarcasm in both of our comments) way, I think she’s letting me know why I have a small readership. Part of it is the subject matter, and the other is the vocabulary. I think I’m writing like an old man 😉 People claim to like good old William Shakespeare, but most detest actually having to read him – not that I’m claiming to write like the bard himself – just that some might not like having to read my posts… so they don’t. So kiddo, I think I’ll work on aiming at a broader audience, but I’m a snob I guess, I’m keeping most of the vocabulary 😉 I actually do like reading the bard!

Thanks for your comments kiddo!


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  1. July 11th, 2009 at 21:07 | #1

    You should keep using those polysyllabic words most are too lazy to look up in the dictionary. You’re well-reasoned arguments on the points of discussion you bring to the table are most welcome. I view your not targeting of the intellectually lazy among your readership to be a good thing! At the very least some of those who reconsider what you’re saying will come to recognize and respect your views and continue their dialog with you.

  2. July 11th, 2009 at 22:23 | #2

    Hi Phil! Thanks for the kind words, I do appreciate it 🙂 If I can manage a few more folks using the comments instead of email, then maybe, just maybe we will have a continuing conversation. Though I do understand not wanting to broadcast some views 😉

    Stay well bud!

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